Thursday, December 07, 2006

 

Eddington Overlooks the Humble Coach Says Monbiot


As I've become more environmentally aware I've found George Monbiot's articles unmissable. His most recent is apparently a low key idea but so obvious one wonders why no smart young entrepreneur has set up shop as Monbiot suggests and already made a fortune. He points out that the M25 has 790 miles of lanes.

If these lanes were fully used by cars carrying their average 1.6 passenger load at 60mph, the total carried would be 19000. However, coaches travelling at the same speed, each carrying 30 passengers, would increase capacity of this routeway to 250,000 and at a carbon emission reductions of 88% per person.

He proposes that, following the scheme produced by economist Alan Storkey, city centre coach stations be sold and the money used to establish theie equivalents at motorway junctions. Linked by urban buses, the service could be virtually constant on the M25 given dedicated bus lanes and could be sustained by 200 vehicles. Such a service would revolutionize transport within the UK, making it cheap, reliable and safe.

Monbiot is disappointed that nowhere in its 436 pages does Rod Eddington's much discussed report on transpot does the humble coach gain a mention. I think he's right, don't you?

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Superb. I can only agree with the previous poster. A quality and welcome contribution to the environmental debate. But seriously Skipper, I really don't want to get on a bus when I can drive my car. Much more convenient. Now when will the Government do the honourable thing and start spending some of the billions they rake in from cars, on more roads? 40 billion a year isn't it. Time we made a start on widening existing roads and building new ones, and got away from this nonsense about public transport.
 
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